The issue of cyclists paying road tax is a non-issue really as there is no such thing. Maybe someone should tell insurance comparison site Confused.com because they seemed confused themselves. One of the main results of its road safety week survey (out today) is that a quarter of drivers want cyclists to pay road tax
Increasing numbers of cyclists getting out and using the roads on the weekends for leisure and sportive cycling is a good thing, yes? Well it is good news for most of us, but some residents in the New Forest want to see a crackdown on the number of cyclists using the area’s roads during the weekend.
Some weeks back we featured a blog on what was the best way to respond to a driver who yells at you when you are out cycling. Now we don’t want to be seen as promoting bad behaviour from a cyclist in any way but a US firm is marketing a mounted bike bell that allows voice message playback at a touch of a button.
I came across this tweet on Friday thanks to a site in the US that had linked one of our articles. The tweet from Bike Friendly Denton was from August 31 and read “I’m going to turn you and your hip fixed-gear into a bloody mess of human entrails”.
Verbals between cyclists and motorists are an all too common feature of sharing the road. We’ve all been in that situation where a motorist will make a point of yelling at you through an open window of their car over your presence on the road or over a near collision (which is usually their fault).
Cyclists being confronted by verbal abuse or being the subject of actual violence has been in the news a lot lately. Following on from the Bexley assault that was caught on camera a month ago, another video has popped up on cycling forums, twitter and is now getting coverage via national media.
Us cyclists have little rights enshrined in law. If verbally harassed or physically abused, we like a motorist have to seek recourse to the normal rule of law.
Road rage stories relating to cyclists almost inevitably feature a motorist going mad or physically attacking a cyclist. However, in a cautionary tale for all of us cyclists, a bike rider from Brighton has been sent to prison after being convicted for manslaughter for assaulting a motorist.
While looking at various cycling blogs over the New Year, I came across the latest musings of “Cycling Lawyer” Martin Porter.